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Pojo's Magic The Gathering Card of the Day

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Blazing Shoal 
Betrayers of Kamigawa

Reviewed February  2, 2005

Constructed: 2.50
Casual: 2.50
Limited: 3.20

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Blazing Shoal:

In a red deck that will often tap out every turn in an effort to off your opponent quickly, this allows you to play a few fatties like Patron of the Akki, and use them to kill your opponent quickly while tapped out. Being able to deal 4-6 extra damage swinging is huge. I think a number of red decks will not use this card if they don't have sufficient ammunition, but if you have a couple fatties in the deck, this may be what you use to finish them off.

In limited, it can be removal or a kill shot, and is required in any deck playing red.

Constructed: 4
Limited: 4.5

Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Blazing Shoal

It's hard to say if this rare Shoal card will be valuable at all in limited formats. Spells that instantly pump the offense of a creature have been around for a long time, and they have had little impact on the game. This card is actually hard to splash even with its flexible alternate casting cost. If you splash for red in a limited format deck, you probably can't pay this card's double red mana cost and you probably won't have this card AND another red card in your hand at the same time very often. More importantly, this card simply doesn't give your deck enough of a reason to play it in any event. This card is even worse in constructed either.


Ray "Monk"
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
Blazing Shoal

While Howl from Beyond may not be the sexiest card ever printed, in limited it certainly can be a game winner, acting as a surprise Fireball to the face to a poor unsuspecting opponent. Unfortunately, this type of card is really only good in limited play, as more often than not an attacking creature powers up by a Burning Shoal is simply going to be killed in response, getting your opponent two for one, or even three for one if you used the alternate casting cost.

Constructed: 1
Casual: 1
Limited: 3


Blazing Shoal - Tuesday
This feels like the second most worst of the shoals to me.  If you need to bust one creature through for the finishing damage, this card might be OK, but on the whole, I'd skip over it.  I guess casual dragon decks might like it.
Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 2
Limited: 1.5


* game store owner
(Shuffle and Cut)

Blazing Shoal

When we got our first peeks at Betrayers, Blazing Shoal got the most attention of the Shoals. Though it's moved down a couple ranks, it is still a game winner for Red. I nice fit in burn decks. It's a surprise finisher that needs no mana open to go off, so your opponent will always be left wondering if you have it available to finish them off. Leaving any creature unblocked could be a problem for them. Very nice in limited also, and for casual burn fans, good times.

Constructed - 4.5
Casual - 4
Limited - 4.5
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